Brewed by Staatliches Hofbräuhaus München
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Munich, Germany


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RATINGS: 735   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Dark beer existed in Bavaria long before light beer. This was the first type of beer to be brewed at Hofbräuhaus when it was founded. Today, when beer-lovers all over the world talk about dark beer, they usually mean a Munich style beer. Today, Hofbräu Dunkel - the archetypal Bavarian beer - is still as popular as ever. With its alcoholic content of around 5.5% volume and its spicy taste, it’s a refreshing beer that suits all kinds of occasion. A beer in the traditional Munich style!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
theisti (3856) - Kansas, USA - DEC 24, 2009
355 ml bottle purchased as part of a mix a six at Lukas, Kansas City, Missouri. L 202 I 09:57 stamped on the label. Pour is clear ruby brown with a two inch egg white head. Head is lasting, eventually falls with pretty lacing. Aroma of soft caramel and hazelnut, nice straw element underneath that. Taste is the caramel sweetness up front, though it is pretty brash and fake tasting, really does not have the soft sweetness of the nose. Under the caramel is the hazelnut which carries through to the finish. As this opened up some, the sweetness mellowed a touch. Palate is a bit oily, thin bodied with active carbonation. The aftertaste features some of the chemical sweetness and detracts. I am sure this is nicer fresh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Muggus69 (2044) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2009
Draught, Hofbrauhaus Munchen Cola-like in appearance. Flavour also has a bit of cola-like quality to it. Slight toffee sweetness with a lingering dry finish. Reasonably decent example.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Tap at Berry park. Poured a rich dark caramel. Nose was sweet, slightly spicy, a bit musty. Typically thin bodied with small bubbly carbonation. Not much up front a bit sweet. Mostly malty and creamy taste. Finish is bitter. An easy drinker with more flavor than most. But in the end it’s really not that easy for me to drink.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SanfordBrewer (1478) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2012 (br-btl bu-lbl, poured at Hollerbach’s in Sanford FL, 5.5%)

very similar to their helles with just a bit of roastiness and §minerality added to the aroma and flavor.
fairly light and clean in body and taste.

------- /> Aroma is full of soft sweet bready aromatic Munich malt.
Taste toasty malt with a touch of grainy astringency, mild minerality, and a bit of caramel sweetness.
Palate is soft and medium-bodied with medium-high carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bullit (4399) - Burgos, SPAIN - DEC 6, 2009
Bottle from World Market. Brown colour, tan head. Aroma of caramel malts, brown sugar, nuts. Flavour of caramel malts, spices. A bit on the sweet side.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (14053) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2009
on tap at the brauhaus. Brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is roasted, malt, caramel. Flavour is sweet, roasted, malt, caramel. bitter finish. Medium to full body. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fugitive (1895) - Athens, GREECE - NOV 27, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2010 Bootle. Brown color.Aroma is pure malt. Flavor is sweet caramel. Moderate carbonation and light body. Drinkable, but not something special. I also drink draught. Much better than bottle

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wxman (1737) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Pours a clear dark cola color with a full, lasting tan head. Aroma is malty and nutty. Taste is roasted sweet malt, caramel and a mild yet assertive hop bite. Quite good, but I gotta say the Hofbrau Dunkel on tap at the Newport Kentucky location is better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajolly2 (129) - USA - NOV 14, 2009
A little on the lighter side in the mouth, bordering "watery"; malty; pretty dry ending, not the best; the spicy flavor balances very nicely with the sweet caramel flavor to make for an enjoyably complex taste; nice dark amber appearance. I recommend it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tgncc (3090) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Aroma is malty, brown sugar, caramel, vegetable. The appearance is a deep amber/red. off-white head. The flavor is bread, caramel, nuts. The finish is sweet, caramel, candy, only the slightest piney hop bite, which comes out more as the time goes by. medium mouthfeel. Decent, not bad at all.

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